Welcome to Claybourne, the small, scenic township in the far north of New Zealand’s North Island.
It’s a friendly little town - home to a pub, a general store, a service station and, up on the hill, the southernmost communication satellite station of American communication giant, Koestler Industries.
Thompson is an American holidaying in New Zealand after his breakup nearly led to a breakdown. He receives a message from his employers that there’s a problem at the station up north, and that since he’s there, he should check it out. The problem is "a problem doesn’t even begin to describe it".
Never mind the tapu, the mysterious death rate, rumours of dragons, conspiracy theories about the global military industrial complex, and the old guy with the gun.
The town is the future site of "Maoriworld" -- the tourism drawcard that’ll put this place on the map (investment enquiries welcomed).
Just don’t ask too many questions.
Claybourne was a sci-fi / supernatural thriller / soap opera radio drama, recorded and broadcast nationwide in New Zealand in the late 1990s. A total of 96 shows were produced by Andrew Dubber and Belinda Todd. Produced by Pronoun Productions, Claybourne was made with the assistance of a grant from the NZ Goverment body 'New Zealand On Air'. It features actors from stage and screen, many of whom are household names in their own country and abroad.
Claybourne was judged "Best Dramatic Production of the Year" in the 1999 New Zealand Radio Awards and has already become one of the most popular spoken word programs in the history of mp3.com.
Written by Jim McLarty and William Davis
Music by Victoria Kelly and Joost Langeveld.
Starring: Jim McLarty as Thompson, William Davis as Mata, Angela Bloomfield as Karen, Bruce Allpress as Frank, Melwayne Edwards as Mike, Brenda Kendall as Edith, and Robert Pollock as Phillip.
This series was discovered by OTRR Co-Group Moderator, Doug Hopkinson.
Andrew Dubber has given us kind permission to distribute the show through the Old Time Radio Researchers Group, and we hope you really enjoy what is probably the first serialised radio drama podcast on the Internet.
OTRR Certification Information:
Series Name: Claybourne Certification Status: OTRR Certified Complete Certification Date: June 1, 2006 Certification Version: Version 1 Number of CDs: 1
From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.
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May 31, 2016 Subject:
Karen the character
I am listening to this podcast and I am loving it, except that character named Karen...she is bitchy and complains and snaps at anyone who is trying to help her out with anything...other than that, this is an excellent program and worth every minute of my time to listen and enjoy...
can someone please "B" Slap Karen for me..she is highly irritating AF...
January 11, 2014 Subject:
Worth a listen but ...
I enjoyed the story and I think it was well done. I think the production values, acting, etc. were all excellent. The story line was good with one big exception. I hated the ending and what a shame. I would prefer a 10 or 15 minute episode format but ...
September 30, 2012 Subject:
Track 43 is in the right place.
I listened carefully to the episodes. In track 42, Thompson is served Scotch in his bedroom. This is mentioned in track 43.
This is an exceptional series. It's nice to hear audio drama that includes more modern features of living, such as internet service and cell phones.
Reviewer:Capt. Lee Quince
July 19, 2012 Subject:
Very short. 97 episodes sounds like a lot but, after the music and NZ radio announcement you may get three and a half to four minutes of show. I only have a couple more shows to go but I would gladly listen to it again. Acting is not the greatest but they do their job well. The characters grow on you quickly. If I had to compare the series to something it would be "Lost". Unexpected situations rise fast and twists pop up as well. Its worth you time.
Note: Track 43 is out of order. Should fall in up around 75.
February 25, 2012 Subject:
Claybourne is great
I'm loving this show. I usually play 3-4 going to work and the same coming home. Thompson does have a bit of a kermit voice as someone said but so what. Karen sounds pure sexy. Now, where can I find more like this?
for my two cents I really like hearing all the new zealand voices but i just wish they'd used an american to do the american voice since his accent is wildly inconsistent. Sounds sorty of like kermit the frog if he'd been born in te awamutu. Still this is a gem; funny and quirky and distinctly kiwi.
Enjoyed the series after downloading the zip file and transferring to MP3 player; really got into the characters and NZ accents - just wonder if it would have worked as well if set in Tasmania or Northern Territories of Australia complete with well known aboriginal actors. main annoying factor was the music at the start and end of each episode - a pity it hadn't been re-edited to have a continuous narrative. As the title states; the finale seems a bit abrupt; leaving the listener wanting to know what happened to at least two of the main characters.
August 18, 2009 Subject:
please include a player or mp3 download
I have no idea what to do with these files.
I'll bet there are very few downloads of meta
or zip files
November 9, 2007 Subject:
Good Production - Entertaining
I found this to be a good production. Well-written, well-acted, and entertaining.
August 26, 2007 Subject:
This series is, in my opinion, a real bomb.
Too noisy, pointless, and I can't figure out if some of it is supposed to be comedy.